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Bottle Bombs Are No Joke

An unfortunate "prank" these days involves a plastic soda bottle and routine ingredients and a potentially dangerous explosion.

Earlier this month a bottle bomb was discovered on the lawn of a Lafayette home. Police were called and detonated it. But it could easily have been picked up by an unsuspecting adult or child, and cost them their sight, or a hand.

Bottle bombs are the latest trend in pranks. A lot of youngsters have a fascination for things that blow up, and bottle bombs are extremely easy to make, with ingredients that are found around most typical homes. We won't provide the recipe here, but it, like most everything these days, is a mere Google search away.

In addition to exploding the devices in wooded areas and other places where the risk of getting caught is minimal, it has become common for bottle bombs to be left on lawns, where they make get mistaken for garbage and picked up. A detonation is highly unlikely to be fatal, but at close range it could blind a person, or cause severe burns to the face, hands and arms.

If you see a plastic bottle on your property and you're not sure how it got there, be very careful to approach it carefully. It it appears to have liquid and foil inside, get away quickly and call police.

LamorindaMan March 01, 2013 at 06:30 AM
While I don't support criminal punishment for kids caught playing with or building these bombs, I do believe that any kids who leave one lying around & it causes bodily injury to someone should be charged as adults, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and serve their time in an adult prison. Armed with this information, kids and their parents can then make an informed decision with respect to playing with these bombs.
Andrew L. March 03, 2013 at 02:47 AM
You do realize that prosecuting them would require the involvement of lawyers, though, right? It would be nice if these kids would put as much effort into their chemistry class.
LamorindaMan March 03, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Just like we need snakes to keep down the rat population, sometimes we need lawyers to keep down the criminal element.
Andrew L. March 03, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Your ex-wife must have really done a number on you.

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